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Whale Washes Ashore In Georgia

SAVANNAH, Ga., Aug. 25 (UPI) — Researchers say it may be months before they can determine why a pygmy sperm whale washed ashore on Tybee Island in Georgia this week. The whale was alive when beachgoers found it Sunday, wildlife officials said, but seemed to be ill and with little chance of surviving, it was […]

Oil Companies Scramble For Libya’s Riches

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 25 (UPI) — U.S., European and Asian companies are scrambling to get back into Libya to grab a slice of its oil wealth, even though Moammar Gadhafi’s diehard loyalists refuse to submit to seemingly triumphant rebel forces. Firms from Britain, France and Italy, the rebel coalition’s most ardent supporters against Gadhafi in […]

Unprotected HIV Sex Brings Prison Sentence

BUFFALO, N.Y., Aug. 25 (UPI) — A New York man who had unprotected sex with five women including a 15-year-old even though he knew he had HIV has been sentenced to a year in jail. Darryl Fortner, 20, of Buffalo, whose victims included a woman now pregnant with her second child by him, received five […]

Tots Said To Have Grammar Sense

LIVERPOOL, England, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Two-year-old children can understand complex grammar even before they have learned to speak in complete sentences, British researchers say. Psychologists at the University of Liverpool say their study suggests infants understand more about language structure than they can actually articulate and that knowledge comes at a much earlier age […]

Human Motion Seen As Power Source

MADISON, Wis., Aug. 23 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say the day may come when your cellphone — or almost any other portable electronic device — could be powered just by taking a walk. University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have describe a new energy-harvesting technology that could dramatically reduce dependence on batteries by capturing the energy of […]

U.S. Funds Broadband In Rural Areas

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) — The U.S. Agriculture Department says it will provide $103 million to fund 23 projects for broadband services to unserved and underserved rural communities. “Without broadband, rural communities, agricultural producers and business owners face a substantial challenge,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “These loans and grants will bring the benefits of […]

Secret Of Lager Beer Yeast Discovered

MADISON, Wis., Aug. 23 (UPI) — U.S. scientists say the birthplace of a yeast strain that gave the world lager beer almost 500 years ago has been discovered. A possible stowaway from the New World, the yeast is believed to have fused with a distant relative 500 years ago in the cool caves and monastery […]

API Tells White House To Cut Regulations

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Washington should do away with regulations regarding ozone, greenhouse gas emissions and fuel standards as part of an effort to cut spending, the API said. Howard Feldman, director of regulatory and scientific affairs at the American Petroleum Institute, welcomed plans announced by the White House to eliminate extraneous regulations. The […]

DNA Test Tracks ‘Imposter’ Sea Bass

CLEMSON, S.C., Aug. 22 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say some certified Chilean sea bass sold in stores are not from fishing grounds certified as sustainable and some aren’t even Chilean sea bass. A Clemson University biologist says DNA from fish purchased at retail outlets in eight states shows 8 percent of fish sampled were “actually […]

Mars Rover Snaps New Crater Photos

PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 22 (UPI) — NASA says its Mars rover Opportunity has captured new vistas of the Endeavour crater from its perch on the crater’s rim, using its panoramic camera. The rover arrived at the 13-mile-diameter Endeavour crater Aug. 9, after a journey of almost three years, a release from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory […]

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